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Ambulatory ECG Monitoring (Holter Monitoring)

Electrocardiography (ECG) is a test performed to record the electrical activity of the heart.
A holter monitor is a portable device for continuously monitoring various electrical activity of the cardiovascular system for 24 hours.

A holter monitor is performed to:

  1. Identify abnormal beats and heart rhythms
  2. Monitor pacemaker or defibrillator activity

What you will need to be scheduled for a 24 Hour Ambulatory Holter Monitoring:

  • A referral letter from your GP
  • Medicare Card

Before the test

There are no preparations before the test.
You will not be able to shower for 24 hours while the monitor is attached so we suggest you shower before your appointment.

How is the test done?

It will take approximately 15-20 minutes to attach the monitor.

An exposed chest area is required, however ladies are able to leave their bra on during monitor attachment.

Four electrodes (small sticky patches connected to leads) will be attached to your chest. The electrodes need to have good contact with the skin to record the electrical impulses from the heart. Men with hairy chests will be shaved in spots where the electrodes will be placed. The technician will then give the skin a light scrub with rough paper and a wipe with alcohol. This removes the dead skin cells which can form a barrier. This may sting a little and may leave red patches on your skin. This is normal and will take a couple of days to go away.

 

What should I do while wearing the monitor?

You should continue with your normal daily activities excluding exercises with excessive body motion (sports). Please do not remove or adjust the monitor without speaking to our staff first.

What Are the Risks?

There are no known risks associated with holter monitors.

What should I do after a 24 hour holter monitoring test?

Please return the holter monitor to us on time, a cardiologist report of your results will be sent to your GP (usually within 5 working days).